A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

By John Burnside

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At a serious element in her profession, painter Angelika Rossdal without warning strikes to Kvaloya, a small island deep within the Arctic Circle, to devote herself to the solitary pursuit of her craft. together with her, she brings her younger daughter, Liv, who grows up remoted and not able or unwilling to make neighbors her personal age, spending a lot of her time on my own, or with an aged neighbour, Kyrre Jonsson, who beguiles her with previous folks stories and tales approximately trolls, mermaids and – crucially for the occasions that spread in the summertime of her eighteenth 12 months – in regards to the huldra, a wild spirit who seems to be within the kind of an irresistibly attractive woman, to trap younger males to their doom.
Now twenty-eight, Liv appears again on her lifestyles and especially to that summer time while boys drowned lower than mysterious situations within the nonetheless moonlit waters off the seashores of Kvaloya. have been the deaths unintended, or have been the lads, as Kyrre believes, lured to their deaths by way of a malevolent spirit? to start with, Liv dismisses the previous man's tales as fable, yet because the summer time keeps and occasions take an excellent darker flip, she involves think that anything supernatural is going on at the island. yet is it? Or is Liv, a lonely woman who has spent her whole lifestyles within the shadow of her appealing, proficient mom, slowly commencing to lose contact with reality?
Set within the white nights of an Arctic summer season, the radical has the heightened, hallucinogenic surroundings of a dream, yet culminates in a second of profound horror.

Intensely imagined and exquisitely written, A summer season of Drowning is a play of darkish and lightweight, of taking a look and seeing, that might carry and hang-out each reader.

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